FC Goa took on Chennaiyin FC at the Athletic Stadium, Bambolim and just about edged them to a 1-0 win. This was a tie that previously promised viewers a goal-fest. But this time, it has just the one goal in it to seperate the two sides.
However, the Gaurs took all 3 points this time thanks to a screamer from Jorge Ortiz Mendoza. FC Goa dominated possession from the first whistle. Chennaiyin FC, meanwhile, displayed impressive composure in the defensive third, something they have kept up since the birth of the Indian Super League.
Nonetheless, here, they could not do much as Ortiz fired in a looping effort that left Debjit Majumder for dead.
FC Goa have now moved up into 8th with 12 points from 10 games. Meanwhile, Chennaiyin FC sit 2 spots above them having gathered 14 points.
FC Goa: Player Ratings
Coach: Derrick Pereira
Goalkeeper: N. Kumar (7/10)
Defenders: A. Ali (7/10), I. Gonzalez (7.5/10), A. Dohling (7/10)
Midfielders: S. Fernandes (6.5/10), E. Bedia (7/10), G. Martins (6/10), S. Gama (6/10)
Forwards: M. Nemil (6/10), A. Noguera (6.5/10), J. Ortiz (8/10)
Substitutes: D. Murgaonkar (6/10), A. Cabrera (6.5/10), M. W. Chothe (6/10)
Chennaiyin FC: Player Ratings
Formation: Božidar Bandović
Goalkeeper: D. Majumdar (7/10)
Defenders: J. Lalrinzuala (6/10), N. Das (6/10), S. Damjanovic (6.5/10), M. Dhot (6/10), R. Singh (6.5/10)
Midfielders: E. S. Vanspaul (5/10), V. Koman (6.5/10), A. Thapa (6/10)
Forwards: N. Valskis (6.5/10), M. Murzaev (5.5/10)
Substitutes: G. Singh (6.5/10), L. Gikiewicz (6/10), Lallianzuala Chhangte (5/10)
Player of the Match
Enjoying a splendid debut, Anwar Ali was very convincingly given the Hero of the Match award. The youngster put displayed breath-taking defensive prowess. Ali registered 1 tackle with an interception and a clearance.
With tremendously accurate long balls, he won 1 of 2 ground duels, 3 of 5 aerial duels and recorded an 81% pass accuracy rate.
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